Happy Meals: Beyond Diets and “Foodie Righteousness”


The following post is written by guest blogger Kim Shippey, an international journalist who is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication: I received a glossy brochure-cum-prospectus through the mail this week. It outlines the online teaching offered by an organization called The Great Courses. What caught my eye (or was it my tastebuds?) was a course on the fundamentals of good nutrition, especially its impact on eating Continue Reading

One Man’s Journey From Obesity and Diabetes to Health

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I recently met John, a trim, silver-haired, energetic man in his mid-sixties who was a guest at our church. In my remarks at our evening service for the community, I shared some of the ideas I had gained after attending a lifestyle medicine conference. John introduced himself to me afterwards and offered his story. We both feel our meeting wasn't a coincidence. A few years ago John was a self-described chocolate and Mountain Dew addict, ate the "American" diet of meat and potatoes, and was Continue Reading

Wimbledon is Wimbledon and God is God

During many years as a sports announcer at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon (as the place is properly named!), this week’s guest blogger, Kim Shippey, was joined at various times in the broadcast booth by such former champions as Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, Fred Stolle, Frew McMillan, and Fred Perry (the last Briton to win a men's singles title.) The championships run this year from June 25 to July 8. Above all, I think it’s the spirit of Wimbledon that Continue Reading

Granny Smith says boo to obesity

Every night we make five lunches at my house.  And I'm not talking simple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My teenage daughter likes exotic foods like Quinoa salad and edamame with Japanese rice, or hummus and pita chips. My teenage son loves his turkey sandwich with spinach on sourdough. And he has to have his big green apple. It's not always easy to motivate my kids to make lunches when the French quiz or AP History paper is looming . . . unless I mention "the school cafeteria" Continue Reading